Is ADD/ADHD Due to Thyroid Problems

ADD/ADHD  has a strong connection to poor thyroid function according to recent research. Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in ADD/ADHD diagnoses in the past decade. Between 2003 and 2011, diagnosis of both conditions increased by 42%. A potential contributor of this impressive surge in attention disorders is a greater occurrence of thyroid disease. This relationship is perhaps best exemplified through their shared symptoms. Research shows that about 11% of American children between the ages of four and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD.

Both ADD and ADHD make it difficult to focus, learn, and socialize. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can promote symptoms commonly seen in these disorders.  Part of the problem is that thyroid disease not only exhibits symptoms of many other conditions but also contributes to the development of such conditions. Therefore, a thyroid patient may be correctly diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD but never have the root cause of their disorder recognized.

You can read the full article on the Holtorf Medical Group website highlighting this issue here:

Is It ADD/ADHD or Thyroid Disease?


This article on shares the importance of asking your parents some simple health questions to help you duck the generic bullet or at the very least minimize the effects of those genetics.


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